Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, right-wing commentators (and President Trump’s campaign) speculated that Joe Biden might be equipped with a hidden earpiece. It’s a decades-old charge without much evidence.
Kevin RooseThe "hidden earpiece" theory that's going viral on the right today is not even remotely new. It dates to at least 2000, when Rush Limbaugh accused Al Gore of getting talking points fed to him on "Meet the Press," and resurfaced in 2004, 2008, and 2016.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg obituaries, reports of missing children and stories from a right-wing satire site made up the week’s most highly engaged stories on social media.
Kevin RooseTrying out a new "What Went Viral This Week" roundup, where we annotate @NewsWhip data about the 10 most-engaged URLs of the week.
This week: RBG obits, two (2) Babylon Bee posts, and a QAnon-adjacent trafficking story.
Videos and viral images claiming to tell “the truth about” Black victims of police shootings are years old. This week, they are circulating about Breonna Taylor.
Kevin RooseI wrote about "The Truth About," a time-tested format for right-wing activists looking to discredit victims of police violence, which was popularized by Stefan Molyneux on YouTube circa 2014 and is making a comeback with Charlie Kirk et al. this week.
Twitch is the world's leading video platform and community for gamers.
Kevin RooseStreaming is fun. Today @cwarzel and I talked to @Millicentsomer about QAnon and @CaseyNewton about Substack and Facebook. Chat was weirdly civil and great?
This is just a dumb experiment but pls tell us how to do better and who we should invite on next.
The social media campaign was small but targeted all sides of the debate. Officials said Beijing had not decided whether to wade more directly in the American presidential race.
Kevin RooseBoth Facebook and Twitter have teams of very smart people whose job is stopping foreign trolls from manipulating their platforms. They do it a lot! (See today's China takedown: nytimes.com/2020/09/22/us/…)
But what's the point if Americans can do the same thing with no consequences?
Facebook is moving to curb internal debate around divisive political and social topics, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said, after a spate of disputes and criticism that has fueled discord among staff.
Kevin RooseAn interesting thing about Facebook is that it runs on Facebook (its internal comms system is just a private version of Facebook). Fascinating that they're having an internal crisis stemming from their own platform's preference for divisive content.
The LNU Complex fire exploded from 46,225 acres to 124,000 forcing evacuations as it threatened 25,000 structures in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties. It has destroyed 105 structures and damaged 70. It is 0% contained.